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October 19, 2015

Va. Museum Receives $200-Million Art Gift

Industrialist James W. McGlothlin and his wife, Frances G. McGlothlin, have donated 73 works of American art valued at $200 million to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Washington Post report. The trove, spanning the years 1830 to 1930 and including paintings by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, and Childe Hassam, will go on display at the Richmond museum November 24.

Mr. McGlothlin is the chief executive officer of The United Company, a Bristol, Va.-based conglomerate with holdings in energy, manufacturing, and property. He is a trustee of the museum and his wife formerly served on its board. The couple announced plans in 2005 to bequeath the art collection to the museum upon their deaths but said they decided to move the gift up so they could see other people enjoying the works.